“Decapitation, dismemberment” and more removed from L4D2 for Oz release

Thursday, 8th October 2009 10:10 GMT By Patrick Garratt


While news of Left 4 Dead clearing OFLC regulations this morning will bring relief to Down-Under gamers, it looks as though large cuts have been made to the approved version.

According to, the ratings board has confirmed that “the game no longer contains depictions of decapitation, dismemberment, wound detail or piles of dead bodies lying about the environment.

“No wound detail is shown and the implicitly dead bodies and blood splatter disappear as they touch the ground.”

You can read the full OFLC report here.

Melee weapons made the cut. EA’s quoted in that article as saying it still hopes the full version will be classified. Hate to be the voice of doom, but it doesn’t look like it, does it?

Left 4 Dead 2 was originally refused classification in Australia last month.

Thanks, Filofax.



  1. trav

    Sounds like the UK retailers are going to be selling quite a few copies to OZ now.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. bobbymington

    That sucks big time.

    I remember when code veronica came out on my dreamcast, and when i got the shotgun i realised you couldn’t blow any heads or legs off, it was a real bummer, because thats all i wanted to do when i was teenager :)

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Tonka

    Sounds like a sensible decision given that Australia is a nation populated by chavs.

    #3 5 years ago

    I wouldn’t bother editing games for Australia if it was up to me.

    Not enough gamers there for it to be worthwhile.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Quiiick

    Valve would do anything to increase sales.
    L4D is a tasteless game aimed at 13-15 year-olds. That’s why they want the 15+ rating in Australia so badly.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Superfrog

    So basically they’ll release the German version in Australia now. ;)

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Gamoc

    Quiiick: Course it is. Of course.

    Sorry, too much sarcasm, it formed a precipate – must go shower.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. gunman

    They wanted the MA15+ in Australia so badly because there is no R18+ for games here. Any game that doesn’t make the MA15+ cut off gets banned.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Quiiick

    We all know that there is no R18+ for games in Australia.
    But this doesn’t make Valve less greedy or the game less tasteless.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Gamoc

    How is it tasteless, exactly?

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Quiiick

    Read the headline!

    #11 5 years ago
  12. freedoms_stain

    Hate to tell you this, but when you swing an axe at someone hard enough there’s a decent chance of decapitation or dismemberment.

    How would one go about creating a tasteful zombie infection shooter anyway?

    What the hell is tasteful in this context? Sitting down with each zombie individually and having a game of chess over some brandy and a cigar, and if you lose you agree to let the zombie have your brain?

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Gamoc

    Oh, right, dismemberment. So you expect the zombies to explode into dance when you shoot them, to bleed rainbows and to groom you if they get too close?

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Gekidami

    I dont think Australia really care about games being realistic. :D

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Quiiick

    @ Gamoc
    Why not?

    Besides, ANY game which is plain shit as soon as you remove all the gore and violence is not worth a single cpu-cycle.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Gamoc

    Because it’s a zombie game – it’s supposed to be a zombie game. If the zombies start grooming you and dancing it is not a zombie game, it’s a Bollywood movie.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. El_MUERkO

    or a stark look at sexual predator zombies

    #17 5 years ago

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